Everton Issue Richarlison Response Amid Reported Interest From Liverpool

Everton have quickly moved to quash reports linking Richarlison with a shock summer switch to fierce city rivals Liverpool.

The 21-year-old forward only arrived at Goodison Park last summer from Premier League rivals Watford in a deal worth an initial £35million.

The Brazilian hitman has impressed in a struggling Toffees side, notching 12 goals in 30 Premier League appearances this season.

His emergence in the Premier League has also seen him break into the Brazil set-up, with three goals in eight games so far.

And, on Wednesday, reports in Brazil suggested Liverpool could be considering a shock move for the striker.

According to UOL Esporte, Richarlison’s representative, Renato Velasco, recently visited the home of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

The nature of their discussion is unknown, however Velasco doesn’t boast any other clients based in Europe, while Klopp has previously revealed his admiration for the young forward.

Prior to December’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, when discussing Richarlison, Klopp declared “what a player he is”.

However the Liverpool ECHO have claimed that Everton have no desire to sell their prized asset, regardless of the fee he would command.

Reds boss Klopp is no doubt keen to bolster his attacking ranks this season, and may have to turn his attention elsewhere.

Daniel Sturridge is set to leave at the end of his contract while Divock Origi’s future is far from certain, highlighting the need for reinforcements.

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